WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Mary Jane and Alan Goldman said they do not deserve an award for serving the White Plains community.
Mary Jane, who serves as co-owner of their 32-year old family company, PIP Printing and Marketing Services , said she was raised to just do and not to expect recognition in return.
Plus, the self-described "behind the scenes girl" insists that some of the ways she and her husband give back, like hiring patients from the Rockland Psychiatric Center, are not what they would consider community service.
They get a paycheck at the end of the week just like everyone else," she said. "They never call in sick and they are always invited to our parties.
As a result though, a plaque from the New York State Office of Mental Health now hangs in the office she shares with her husband.
Many of the people and organizations that have sought PIP Printings services over the years have also become like friends to the Goldmans. So when groups such as the White Plains Performing Arts Center, Pet Rescue and the White Plains Beautification Foundation hold fundraisers and events, the Goldmans may attend or offer free printing.
We live in White Plains, work here and have great friends here, said Mary Jane.
If you ask Alan about which organizations he actively lends time to, he and Mary Jane rack their brains to name them all. He sits on the boards of the White Plains Business Improvement District, Eastchester Chamber of Commerce and the White Plains Performing Arts Center, to name a few.
People call me and ask me to do things and we do whatever we can, he added. Thats how we live.
When she is not working or volunteering, Mary Jane spends her day off whipping up her family's favorite meals.
"Sunday is my day to cook. I love to cook and Alan loves to eat," she said. "What could be a better match?"
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